This past Wednesday we went over upgrading our outreach - "Invite." Many of you probably struggle with inviting your friends to get to know Jesus. You may also wonder why you should even want to do this?
The answer is simple, but we tend not to like it...
Our orders remain the same
A lot of people tend to think the commands of the Bible are optional. You might not say that out loud, but how you live your life might show something different. Jesus gives one of his final commands on earth in Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus basically tells us, listen, I am in charge... of everything... That should make us stop and think for a second. If you have trusted Jesus to save you from your sins and give you life with God that starts now and lasts forever, you can't pick and choose what you want to listen to and don't want to listen to. He has the authority to give you life, and he gave it to you... we need to trust Him by listening and obeying.
He says we are to make more and better disciples. That is your calling. We said this in youth group, but I think it needs repeating;
Found People Find People
If Jesus has "found" you, saved you, given you life, then as part of that life, you share this with others. That might seem scary, but Jesus promises that He is with you till the end of time. So who do you trust more, Jesus, or yourself?
Found People will always Find people. Does that life characteristic fit your life? Do you trust Jesus enough to listen to his orders and then gladly obey them, because He has given you life?
You are probably wondering, "How do I do this?" Pi2, but that's for the next post.
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